The Olympic Centre
Gallery of the event Photo by Juris Krūmiņš
Arrivals of Heads of State and Government /Heads of Delegation in protocol order.
Olympic Sports Centre
Photo by Aivars Liepiņš
Meeting in Riga at the highest political level, NATO Heads of State and Government strengthened their commitment to NATO’s Afghanistan mission, but also called for broader international engagement.
This is my third visit to the Baltics as the President of the United States. And it is my second visit to this beautiful city. I just can't stay away.
I am thrilled and honored to back here. And I bring greetings and good wishes of the American people. Not far from where we meet today stands Riga's freedom monument. It was erected in 1935 during this country's brief period of independence between the two world wars.
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Latvian National Opera. Working dinner of Heads of State and Government/Heads of Delegation
Photo by Ilmārs Znotiņš
Latvian National Opera Cultural programme hosted by the President of Latvia for Heads of State and Government/Heads of Delegation
Photo by Juris Krūmiņš
On 28 November, a contract has been signed that puts NATO on track for having, by 2010, a system to protect troops on missions against ballistic missiles.
NATO selected in September 2006 an international consortium led by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to build an Integration Test Bed for the Alliance’s future Active Layered Theatre Missile Defence (ALTBMD) capability.
After two months of negotiations, ALTBMD Programme Manager, General (Ret) Billard, and SAIC contracting Officer, Mr Robert Larrick, signed the contract on the first day of NATO’s Riga Summit, in the presence of NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, Marshall Billingslea.
Once fully implemented, the system will be able to help protect troops in a specific area against short and medium range ballistic missiles by intercepting them.
This is one of three programmes that NATO is pursuing in the area of missile defence.
Remarks by the President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga and the President of the USA George W. Bush in Photo Opportunity after the meeting,
The United States has been our strong supporter all those years when Latvia was not free, has been our supporter after we regained our independence, and I am most grateful to the United States for the understanding and support we got in our direction and our movement towards NATO. Now that we are fully members, Latvians certainly sleep better at night knowing that they are protected by an alliance that will spare them the sorts of experiences they had in earlier years.
The President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga met the US President George W. Bush in Riga Castle today. During the meeting the President of Latvia stressed the importance of the USA and their President in the creation of the transatlantic relations as well as highly appreciated the role of the USA in non-recognition of the incorporation of Latvia in the USSR as well as providing big support in the process of the state democratization and reforms after the restoration of the independence of Latvia and also at the moment being a trustful partner within the NATO Alliance. George W. Bush congratulated Latvia on hosting the NATO Summit and stressed its historic importance in NATO transformation and development.
"In 1991 NATO stood at a crossroads. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, the Alliance could have declared victory and disbanded. Instead, NATO chose to adapt to the new security environment and build on its legacy of being the most successful security and defense organization in history. "
- Sen. Dick Lugar,
U.S. Sen. Foreign Relations Committee Chairman